RETIREMENT OF JOAN MARIE DONAHUE (Senate - October 04, 1990)

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Mr. DOLE. Mr. President, the most valuable service to the people and Government of the United States is often rendered by quiet professionals, who work diligently over many years, in relative anonymity. Largely unknown to the American people, their extraordinary careers end without public recognition. Whenever possible, such contributions should be acknowledged.

Yesterday marked the end of one such extraordinary career: Joan Marie Donahue is retiring after a 37-year career with the Central Intelligence Agency. During her many years with the Office of Congressional Affairs, Joan provided valuable assistance to the Senate on numerous occasions. At times, the Office of Congressional Affairs may have been the toughest Assignment at CIA; but Joan Donahue stayed with it for more than three decades. In recognition of her outstanding service, Joan was awarded the Agency's highest award: the `Career Intelligence Medal.'

Mr. President, Joan Donahue remained true to her oath to `support and defend the Constitution of the United States' for 37 years. She is one of the quiet professionals who deserve our gratitude and whose efforts are worthy of public recognition.

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the citation issued by the Central Intelligence Agency in awarding the `Career Intelligence Medal' to Joan Marie Donahue be printed in the Record.

There being no objection, the citation was ordered to be printed in the Record, as follows:

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Joan Marie Donahue is hereby awarded the Career Intelligence Medal in recognition of her exceptional achievements with the Central Intelligence Agency for more than thirty-seven years. Throughout her productive career, she displayed the personal characteristics of extraodinary industriousness, perseverance and sound judgment. Whereever she was assigned, she was diligent and effective in every task she was given. As a result, she was given positions of increasing responsibility, culminating in her designation as Chief of Administrative Support for the Office of Congressional Affairs. During her more than thirty years in the Office, she developed a knowledge of congressional matters and personnel that was invaluable to its successful operations. Her commitment to excellence, to the Office of Congressional Affairs, and to the Agency is indeed deserving of the recognition provided by this award. Her entire career reflects high honor upon herself and the Central Intelligence Agency.